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At the beginning of 2023, we created Tokyo Nihonto, a brand based in Tokyo, offering genuine Japanese historical pieces.

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Our philosophy is to only offer real Katanas for sale that have been made by our master smiths in our Forge. With decades of experience in sword forging, we offer true Katanas from only $200. You will find in our online store Katanas in Damascus, carbon steel and all traditional Japanese steels.

All our swords are designed in Japan and forged in a province in China with over 2000 years of history in forging. Our passion for the Katana and Japanese culture is immense, and we hope to share it with you as authentically as possible through our website.

If you want to buy a real Katana with all the details of the nomenclature, then you're in the right place. Carbon steel blade with Hamon made with clay, razor sharpening, engraving and hand carving.

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Discover our catalog with hundreds of unique hand-forged Katanas shipped directly to your home.

We offer a wide range of steels, styles, forging types and sizes so you can find the Japanese sword of your dreams.

We offer different steels such as: T10 steel, 1065 steel, 1045 manganese steel. For the forges you can find Maru, San-Mai, Kobuse, Honsan-mai... We have made a guide to help you choose your steel if you still hesitate.

Still can't decide? Contact our experts who will help you find the perfect Katana for you. You can contact us by email, phone or chat.

Our Katanas can be completely disassembled so that you can admire each part of your sword (Tsuba, Habaki, Fuchi, Kashira, Sageo...)

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Want to take it to the next level, customize your own Katana? We offer you the possibility to modify the entire nomenclature of your Japanese sword, including the blade, scabbard, handle and all other parts.

You will be able to choose materials, colors, patterns, specifications and even the forging technique.

Once you have ordered your custom Katana, our craftsmen will take your file and begin forging and creating the entire Katana. You will receive updates on the creation process and a tracking number once your Katana is shipped.

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Katana FAQ
What is a Katana?
A Katana (かたな) is a Japanese sword that is recognized by its curved blade with a single edge. It has a guard (Tsuba) and a long handle that is made to be held with two hands. The blade measures about 24 in (2 shaku) and it is the weapon of the samurai who carried it with a Wakizashi, this forming a Daisho.
Can you own a Katana in the US?
Katanas are considered knives and governed as such by state laws, so it is perfectly legal. In the United States, you must be 18 years old or have clear parental permission before owning a Katana. Whether or not you can carry a katana outdoors depends on the state you live in, and we recommend that you check your state's laws for yourself. In general, it is forbidden to carry the sword openly in public, and it must be in a special bag or secure case.
Is the Katana battle ready?
Our Katanas are forged traditionally by craftsmen. The polishing is also done by a master so that the blade is sharp, and you can perform Tameshigiri cutting. We also offer a razor sharpening option where our master polisher will spend a few extra hours on your sword so that it cuts like a razor.
Do you Ship worldwide?
We deliver worldwide. However, we invite you to check in advance the conditions of purchase and import of weapons in your country. We cannot check the regulations of each country at every moment and modify our countries served according to that.
Are the Katana full Tang?
All our Katanas are full tang. We forge the swords by hand and the blade continues into the handle in order to provide better strength and resistance during practice, but also to respect the Japanese know-how.
How much does a real Katana cost?
A Katana made in Japan with the famous Tamahagane steel by a Japanese blacksmith in the tradition usually costs between $5,000 and $15,000. However, there is a lot of confusion around the Katana, as there are also antique Katanas that are traditionally forged and can be found second hand for $1000 and up depending on the state. You can also find traditionally forged Katanas in other countries with other steels also very qualitative for a few hundred dollars. In our store, we offer Katanas starting at $200.
What about the delivery?
Shipping is free for the US or $30 if you want to add a decorated box and a silk bag. For other countries, shipping is $19. Concerning the delays: It takes 7 to 21 days in general. It depends on the complexity of the craft.

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Katana FAQ
Should Katana Have Hamon?
The Hamon is the temper line that separates the sharpest part of the Katana from the softer part. The blade is coated with a unique clay mixture that will allow the blade to heat up differently and achieve a higher HRC hardness for the blade's edge. This is a crucial step in forging the Katana and the Hamon is an indicator of the authenticity of your Katana, as all Katanas have a Hamon line. The Hamon line is then revealed more fully during the stone polishing process, which allows for a sharp blade and the full detail of the Hamon to be seen. A real Katnana always have a differentially tempered blade that let appears the famous Hamon.
How long is a Katana?
The classic size of the Katana is about 40". However, there are different variations depending on the type of sword and the size of the user, as the Katana must fit your height. The most common sword sizes are 40" for Daito and 35" for Shoto. Les tailles font référence à la longueur totale du sabre. The length of the blade itself on a Katana generally varies between 24" and 30".
How to sharpen a Katana?
There are 4 main steps to sharpening a Katana:
1. Shaping work using an uchigumori stone to remove rust and scratches.
2. The blade is then passed over progressively smaller and finer stones in an effort to remove the marks from the uchigumori stone.
3. Hazuya stones glued to traditional Japanese paper are then used in order to remove the microscopic scratches that are left from the previous polishing.
4. Finally, a Jizuya stone is used and rubbed on the surface of the blade, this is a long process done until the stone wears out.
Why were Katanas made?
According to historians, the Katana was invented in order to obtain better swords to fight the Mongol forces. The Mongol armies invaded Japan from 1274 to 1281 in an attempt to invade the country. It is also said that the straight sword was not suitable for fighting on horseback in battles, the Katana with its curved blade was then perfectly suited to what the warriors needed in battle.
Where to buy a Katana?
Our site offers a wide variety of Katanas in many different styles, steels, forging techniques, and nomenclatures. You can get a Katana for less than $200 completely hand-forged. If you need help selecting your sword, you can contact us and our experts will do their best to guide you in choosing your Katana. We have also produced guides to help you choose and better understand.
Welcome to Katana Sword, here are information about the Katana that you need to know !

Katana Sword Parts

The Katana Sword is a fascinating work of art with a lot of different parts in its nomenclature, let us explain you easily most of the parts.

Sori : The Sori measures the curvature of the blade. This curvature can vary according to the katana and has several names depending on the intensity of the curvature.

Shinoogi & Shinogi-Hi : These two Japanese terms are complementary. The Shinogi is the part from the edge of the blade to the line that determines the flat of the blade. The flat section of the blade is therefore called Shinogi-Ji.

Hamon :The Hamon is the line of tempering that demarcates the most rigid and sharp part of the blade with the other, more flexible part. We coat part of the blade with a clay mixture that we will heat and temper, the part with the clay will cool much faster and will be more rigid and sharp. This Hamon does not have a 100% success rate and this affects the price of high-end blades

Boshi :This part refers to the hardening line of the Hamon which extends to the tip (Kissaki) of the Katana. The polishing of this point can take a long time, as it is very important. It is as important as the rest of the blade and reveals the Boshi.

Yokote :The Yokote defines what separates the blade from the Kissaki. Almost all Katanas have this feature, there are some exceptions with Katanas without Yokote where the blade is continuous along the whole length.

Kissaki : The Kissaki is the tip of the Katana as shown in the picture above. This tip separates the rest of the Katana blade from the Yokote. The Kissaki tip varies between Katanas, it can be larger or smaller.

Ha :The Ha is the cutting edge of the blade. It is this part that is usually hardened with the Hamon in the traditional way. The sharpening of this part as well as the hardening and the steels used will determine the quality of the edge, but also its rigidity and solidity. It is important to have a blade that lasts over time and can withstand many cuts.

BO-HI :The Bo-Hi is a line carved inside the blade of the Katana that allows to reduce the weight of the blade, but also to adjust the balance point of the sword. This bo-hi throat is also useful for the sound, because it allows to know if the cut is good at the sound of the wind, which is rather satisfactory.

Nakago :The Nakago is the tang of the Katana. It is the part that continues from the blade under the handle. This hidden part reveals many things like the signature of the master smith for example. Even if this part is not visible at first sight it is actually very important for the strength so that the steel does not break during a cut.

Saya :The Saya is the scabbard of the Katana. This scabbard is designed to draw the blade as quickly as possible. It is therefore very easy to draw the blade, but its size is also perfect for holding the Katana without it falling out. This scabbard is usually made of lacquered wood with various patterns and colors.

Shiadome & KurigataThese two parts are a pair. This small part allows tying the Sageo which will be then hung on the belt of the practitioner. This brings a practical side as well as aesthetics to the scabbard.

Sageo :The Sageo is, as we said, a rope that allows the Katana to be attached to the practitioner's belt. There are different materials for this string and many colors. Traditionally, the color of the Sageo is matched to the Tsuka handle.

Habaki & Seppa :Before tackling the handle part, there are some important details between the blade and the beginning of it, which is the Habaki and the Seppa. These two small parts are linked and very important. The Habaki allows maintaining the blade, to fit perfectly in the scabbard to maintain it without it being too complicated to draw the sword, but it also allows reducing the shocks and vibrations felt in the handle during a blow. The Seppa are two small washers to fill the gaps between the Tsuba and the hilt, as well as the Habaki and the Tsuba. This holds the nomenclature better and also reduces shock.

Tsuba :The Tsuba is the guard of the Katana. It allows both to protect the hand, but also to prevent the hand of the wielder from sliding forward. It also allows for weight and balance point adjustment while being a real work of art.

Fuchi :The Fuchii is a metal ring that reinforces the structure of the Katana, but also hides the handle beneath. It is often carved in unique traditional patterns such as the dragonfly.

Tsuka-Ito :This is the "rope" used to wind the handle (same). There are different techniques and materials for this part of the Katana. The Ito can be made of polyester, leather, cotton, suede or other materials.

Same :The Same is the stingray leather. Stingray skin or shark skin, this material allows the Ito to hold well on the stingray, but is also perfect to absorb the blows while offering an aesthetic side.

Mekugi :Mekugis are wooden pegs (two). These Mekugis help to fix the handle to the blade by passing through the tang. But in reality the handle is already very strong without them and there could be only one Mekugi.

Menuki :These are ornaments made of different materials like copper or brass. They are used to facilitate the grip, but also to decorate the handle of the Katana with a traditional ornament.

Kashira : This is the pommel of the Katana, it is made with the Fuchi (similar patterns are often found between the two) and it allows fixing the Tsuka, as well as the rest of the handle while offering a unique visual.